See more synonyms for motivate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing.Related formsmo·ti·va·tor, nounde·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), de·mo·ti·vat·ed, de·mo·ti·vat·ing.de·mo·ti·va·tor, nounnon·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectivere·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), re·mo·ti·vat·ed, re·mo·ti·vat·ing.un·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·mo·ti·vat·ing, adjectivewell-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective
- to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
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British Dictionary definitions for well-motivated
adjective (well motivated when postpositive)
- (of a person, intention, etc) have sufficient incentive, desire, or drive
Derived Formsmotivator, noun
- (tr) to give incentive to
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Word Origin and History for well-motivated
1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.
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